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What is COVID-19 doing to the workforce and employer demand in manufacturing?

Well, we made it to Phase 3! As the new ED for the Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, there has been nothing normal about my first year. In so many ways, COVID-19 has accelerated things that were shifting in the workplace. We are seeing new ways of learning and working for some people [...]

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Seeking Manufacturers for MFG Day 2020 Video Series

Due to the uncertainty of COVID-19 MFG Day will look a lot different this year but we are confident that the main goal of the event will be reached. The main goal of this event is to promote manufacturing careers and to dispel the common misconceptions of this sector by giving students and members of the [...]

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2020 EmployerOne Insights – Manufacturing

98% of the manufacturing businesses surveyed in this year’s EmployerOne Survey hired in 2019. That represented a total of 2,048 hires. Find out what this sector had to say about hiring, retention, recruiting and more in our Industry Insights from the 2020 EmployerOne Survey. Click the button below to see those results. The EmployerOne Survey is [...]

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Small Business Recovery Outreach Program

The Small Business Recovery Outreach Program is a free service launched by the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre to provide tools and resources to help businesses reopen & recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The intake form is available here

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Small Business Recovery Outreach Program 

The City of Kitchener, in partnership with the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre, is launching a Small Business Recovery Outreach Program to support small businesses and entrepreneurs in as they plan for the reopening of Ontario’s economy and begin their recovery from the impacts of COVID-19. This free program provides tailored resources to local entrepreneurs and small business owners based on one-on-one interviews with Small Business Recovery Outreach staff, [...]

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Let us know the impact of Covid-19 on your job

The Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin is conducting a survey to learn how COVID-19 has impacted people’s jobs in our region. We want to hear from a variety of perspectives and would like to invite you to share your experience. This survey is open March 30th to April 9th, 2020   We are looking [...]

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Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Survey

Over the past many months I have been hearing from numerous businesses about their struggles to find qualified trades people. Also about their inability to hire and retain apprentices and problems getting them qualified as journey persons across a number of trades and sectors. It would seem that the Province has also been hearing that [...]

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The Workforce Planning Board Needs Your Summer Students for an Upcoming Student Focus Group

The Workforce Planning Board is looking for 10-20 students to participate in a focus group to better understand their point of view on how the labour market works. The purpose of the project is to address the gap in expectations between employers and young people entering the workforce. The focus group will be held at [...]

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Job Demand Report 2nd Quarter 2019

This free report includes the job postings by website source, top locations, major NOC and by type. It also includes the top 10 occupations (by 4 Digit NOC) being posted. Please click the link below to see the free report. Q2 Job Demand Report Enhanced Reports Get a more thorough look at job demands data for your area [...]

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Host a Manufacturing Day Tour

Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) is an annual event which connects local manufacturers to students and jobseekers in the local Waterloo-Wellington-Dufferin Region. Students and jobseekers get to tour facilities and see the opportunities a career in manufacturing can provide. They get a chance to ask questions and meet people who work in the industry everyday. If [...]

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